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Does BBC Weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker’s Stunning Secret Have Anything To Do With What He’s Hiding?

THE SHOT — Tomasz Schafernaker, the BBC weatherman who’s been tantalizing audiences for years (see below), at last fulfills many a Brit’s fantasy with this Attitude cover. Which has us asking: What is his stunning secret?

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On:           Jan 13, 2010
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  • 104 Comments
    • terrwill
      terrwill

      His stunning secret revealed is that a weatherman
      is finaly going to admit, that they have absolutley
      no freakin idea what the weather is going to be
      tomorrow………. : P

      Jan 13, 2010 at 12:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AlanInSLCutah
      AlanInSLCutah

      He’s yummy!

      Jan 13, 2010 at 12:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sal(the original)
      sal(the original)

      he is hot….hmmm gosh and that cnn international weather guy Ivan Cabrera

      Jan 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alan brickman
      alan brickman

      Morning Goods…Please!!!

      Jan 13, 2010 at 12:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fitz
      Fitz

      Forget it Alan. he is WAYYYY too old to pass the MG’s profile.

      Jan 13, 2010 at 12:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • FunWithGrindr
      FunWithGrindr

      Okay, now I have to find this mag and take a closer look at this guy. Short and built — my cup of tea. Earl Grey. Hot. :)

      Jan 13, 2010 at 1:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Freddie
      Freddie

      I’d like to Schaf his naker!

      Jan 13, 2010 at 1:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • terrwill
      terrwill

      Wonder if the English weather guys are Gay like in NYC???

      Jan 13, 2010 at 1:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • cj
      cj

      yuck in video
      yum on cover

      Jan 13, 2010 at 3:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • WhereAreTheRealMen?
      WhereAreTheRealMen?

      what a flamer… and he must have bad teeth to boot.

      Jan 13, 2010 at 4:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Republican
      Republican

      I love those shorts.

      Jan 13, 2010 at 4:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AlwaysGay
      AlwaysGay

      Hot man, obviously gay. I am always delighted to see gay men healthy, fit and properly groomed. Hopefully more Britons learn from him and take care of themselves better.

      Jan 13, 2010 at 6:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Caleb
      Caleb

      I’d like to see his “magic mushroom.”

      Jan 13, 2010 at 9:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • David
      David

      I can’t tell if British men are gay or not, they all seem gay to me.

      Jan 13, 2010 at 9:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hardmannyc
      hardmannyc

      He could seed my cloud anytime.

      Jan 13, 2010 at 10:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hardmannyc
      hardmannyc

      “I can’t tell if British men are gay or not, they all seem gay to me.”

      Substitute “Asian” above and you’d see how racist that comment is. But WASPs are fair game, I guess.

      Jan 13, 2010 at 10:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bummer
      bummer

      @hardmannyc: Well “British” is a nationality, “Asian” is a race. There’s a difference, though both are man-made. You can have Asian-Brits, as you can have Asian-Americans.

      Maybe he means Anglo-Brits, Afro-Brits, and Asian-Brits are all confusing? Blame the accent. And their style :)

      Jan 14, 2010 at 12:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Roger Mellie
      Roger Mellie

      Tomasz has long had a gay following, perhaps due to his appearances on certain dating websites back in the day! Oh and his looks, body and camp demeanour

      All British men sound gay? I concede Received Pronunciation can sound fey, however we have dozens of accents here- Glaswegian or Geordie sound far from gay.

      Yeah we British men are all badly groomed and have bad teeth too; in the same way all Americans are obese, loud-mouthed and dumb.
      That’s post-modern stereotyping by the way, steeped in irony; especially considering Tomasz is actually Polish-born!

      Badinage aside, you may all be interesting this:

      http://the-schaf.blogspot.com

      Jan 14, 2010 at 8:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bomba
      Bomba

      are they all uncut?

      Jan 14, 2010 at 10:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Giovanni
      Giovanni

      @hardmannyc: And Canadians? Parisians? Btw I’ve actually never heard the Asian thing before. Is this a genuine “perplexity?

      Jan 14, 2010 at 11:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DANIEL FARMER
      DANIEL FARMER

      Hi, as a Brit I find it really offensive how all Americans think that we have bad teeth and don’t look after ourselves
      It’s funny as all English people think that Yanks are ignorant, obese and with no sense of style

      Jan 14, 2010 at 5:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tavdy79
      tavdy79

      @ no. 18 Bomba: yup, most British guys are uncut – which for someone like me, who prefers his men with that little bit less skin, is kinda frustrating.

      Jan 14, 2010 at 7:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MissUnderstood
      MissUnderstood

      Uncut and with bad teeth. Ugh.

      Jan 14, 2010 at 7:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ted
      ted

      You guys are idiots! He’s not British, he’s Polish and works in the UK…”Tomasz”!?.

      Jan 15, 2010 at 9:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • scott ny'er
      scott ny'er

      he looks great to me.

      Jan 15, 2010 at 1:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • UK guy
      UK guy

      He’s Polish not British and has been living in the UK a while. The name tells you nothing though as there are loads of native Brits that will be Polish descent and therefore have Polish names!

      His stunning secret is nothing to get excited about. This is the cover for an insert into Attitude magazine Health Special. The stunning secret is his body as we never see it on BBC weather ! Nothing to do with his sexuality.

      Jan 15, 2010 at 5:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Zak in the ATL
      Zak in the ATL

      He’s got gay voice for days.

      Since he’s Polish he’s hot.

      Jan 15, 2010 at 8:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rob Moore
      Rob Moore

      @bummer: Perhaps his name is Polish, but his accent is all English. @bummer: If he is Polish, it is in name only. His accent is perfectly normal for an Englishman. I’m not sure how he sounds gay. His style seems perfectly normal. Somewhat collegiate looking. If you mean he sounds effeminate, I don’t hear it. The men in my family, all of whom are straight except for me, speak similarly.

      Americans are underexposed to other people. It is comments such as these that remind me of it.

      Jan 16, 2010 at 1:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rob Moore
      Rob Moore

      @MissUnderstood: You are an arrogant prick. Every time there is some disaster in the Southern U.S., it seems someone with lots of missing teeth is interviewed. Should I suppose that most Americans have rotten teeth. His teeth are fine. My English teeth are fine. My mother’s teeth are fine. My nana’s teeth were fine for a woman in her 80s. On the other hand, my American grandparents had dentures after about the age of 45. This rather handsome man has very nice, straight, white teeth.

      Jan 16, 2010 at 1:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Zak in the ATL
      Zak in the ATL

      Oh Rob, “Gay voice” transcends all accents, continents, nationalities and races, darling.

      I was not making a comment about all Brits sounding gay, love. I’m a little more clever than that.

      On the other hand, you certainly proved that it is true that Brits have little or no sense of humor, particularly when it comes to themselves.

      Makes one truly long for the talent of Sir Noel Coward. But I digress. The man has gay voice. There. Carry on…

      Jan 16, 2010 at 11:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • That Bitch Tea Delgado
      That Bitch Tea Delgado

      Yes, he does have a bit of gay-voice. His weather report would be considerably more interesting if he were remove his clothes in the process.

      Jan 16, 2010 at 12:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TED
      TED

      @UK guy: I was just pointing out that everyone jumped to the conclusion that he was British by his accent and where he works, but didn’t bother to question his heritage or nationality by his name. Of course, he could be British and have a Polish name!

      Jan 17, 2010 at 12:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • James UK
      James UK

      @MissUnderstood:

      Cut and with bad ceramics. Beyond ugh!

      Jan 17, 2010 at 1:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • markuk
      markuk

      30 degrees in the uk!!! was this 1976??
      and as for the comments about brit blokes….an air of refinement and a smidgin of education are not exclusively gay qualities and so to the untrained (US) eye all brit blokes may indeed seem queer. And no, we don’t all have bad teeth as I presume that not all Americans are grossly overweight and passport-less.
      :-x

      Jan 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross

      @Zak in the ATL:

      To say Brits have can’t laugh at themselves is nonsense– you have to have a darn good sense of humour to live in Britain!

      It could that our sense of humour is sometimes so droll, people from overseas sometimes don’t twig that we are actually taking the p_ss out of ourselves.

      If you seriously still don’t believe that Brits can’t laugh at themselves… well I suggest you watch some Have I Got News For You, Coronation Street or Frankie Boyle online; or better still buy Private Eye or Viz ;-)

      Jan 17, 2010 at 3:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • markuk
      markuk

      What Zak said.
      and…..
      Viz’s profanisaurus is so base, childish, and thoroughly disgusting I just couldn’t put it down. I swear I cried laughing at it.

      e.g.
      “drink my kids” exclam. Informal variant of ‘suck my penis’

      Jan 17, 2010 at 4:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross

      @markuk:

      You have good taste Markuk… about Viz’s Profanisaurus, not about drinking somebody’s kids– unless you like that taste of course!

      We certainly can laugh at ourselves in Britain though, it’s just that it comes in the form of comic cynicism in here (sarcasm, satire and so on), so it can often be mistaken for cynicism proper.

      Where else in the world would a book be published called Crap Towns, celebrating how rubbish many of our towns/cities are: Only for a sequel to be needed, because so many people were complaining that their cities were not included!

      Jan 18, 2010 at 3:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Zak in the ATL
      Zak in the ATL

      Sweeties… I was really referring to poster Rob having no sense of humor.

      I would be a hypocrite if I really believed the good people of Great Britain had no sense of humor.

      Some of my all time favorite comedies are British, in no particular order: Ab Fab, Personal Services and Oscar Wilde.

      Jan 18, 2010 at 5:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sexy Rexy
      Sexy Rexy

      Shit. And all we have is Sam Champion…LOL.

      Jan 18, 2010 at 9:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross

      @Zak in the ATL:

      Fair enough daaaarling– champers or Stolly sweetie?

      Sounds like you have good taste Zak (although to split hairs, Oscar Wilde was Irish)

      The UK churns out lots of comedic media, especially the BBC… the stuff you see overseas (such as Ab Fab and Personal Services) is the tip of the iceberg really.

      Indeed everyday life in the UK is big comedy: “You got laugh otherwise you’d cry”, as the saying goes here.

      Jan 19, 2010 at 2:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jim
      Jim

      @hardmannyc: I myself am of UK decent, but I wasn’t raised in the UK with their culture, so regardless of whether it is “racist” or not, it still doesn’t change the fact that we can’t tell the differenc between a British Gay or Striaght. But it doesn’t matter. The UK is awsome and their guys are cuties. Besides, as far as I’m concerned, EVERYONE is gay until proven otherwise ;)

      Jan 21, 2010 at 9:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jim
      Jim

      Guess I should spell check next time. Sorry for the typos.

      And I forgot to say…. This weather guy is HOT! Total snuggle material. I don’t think he’s gay just because he’s hot, but like I said before, I think everyone is gay until they prove otherwise.

      Jan 21, 2010 at 9:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross

      @Jim:

      Tomasz definitely has a gay voice, very camp intonation (note that he is Polish rather than British) even for Received Pronunciation. He is gay by the way, although he as a boyfriend so my BBC spies tell me… he used to be on Outeverywhere and Gaydar a few years ago, I missed my chance!

      I don’t mean to obtuse here Jim, but it is not “fact” that one can’t tell the difference between a British straight man and British gay man. For a start there are so many different accents in Britain, you can’t generalise.

      I concede you personally may not be able to distinguish between a straight and gay Brit’s voice, fair enough– but it can be done! Confer the difference between Ray Winston and Julian Clary, a good immersion lesson in the difference. We gay Brits can manage to tell the difference generally, so it’s just a matter of picking it up. You sound like an intelligent, sure you’ll get the hang of it :-)

      However As the saying goes: Spaghetti is straight until you boil it ;-)

      Jan 21, 2010 at 11:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ScotBloke
      ScotBloke

      what a queeny bottom… I did him once, and he moans like a dog in heat LOL.

      Jan 21, 2010 at 11:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The Intolerance Exterminator
      The Intolerance Exterminator

      I’m not sure if hyperlinks are permitted but if so check out The Schaf getting the giggles:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9ctEDqqJtk&feature=related

      I think I’ve seen him down Old Compton Street in the past. I think he’s cute and, on Radio 4, where I get to hear him most, he has a very clear voice for broadcasting.

      He’s one pole I would happily sit on!

      Jan 22, 2010 at 3:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lee Bagley
      Lee Bagley

      not all are uncut although i am uncut

      Jan 22, 2010 at 4:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The Intolerance Exterminator
      The Intolerance Exterminator

      I’ve shagged my way round a large part of the USA and the only cocks I’ve encountered there that were cut were attached to WASPs and Jews and Muslims. Everyone else was, in my experience, uncut (thank goodness!)

      I’ve found that Polish guys – and Dutch guys – are rarely circumcised and tend to have enormous schlongs. Their teeth are quite acceptable too!

      Jan 23, 2010 at 2:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross

      @The Intolerance Exterminator:

      Tomasz is one Pole with an enormous pole.

      If you search “BBC WEATHER – TOMASZ SCHAFERNAKER – WEATHER FOR THE WEEK AHEAD – SUNDAY 11 OCTOBER 2009″ on Youtube, you’ll notice an area of very high-pressure coming in from the south-west, towards the Scillies!

      Jan 23, 2010 at 1:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The Intolerance Externinator
      The Intolerance Externinator

      Sorry, Steve Shawcross, I can’t find the link for the one you recommend but I love this one, showing him in nice and trendy, faded worn jeans.
      http://video.aol.co.uk/video-detail/bbc-weather-tomasz-schafernaker-1150-weather-for-the-week-ahead/1950183922

      Yummy!

      Jan 27, 2010 at 12:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The Intolerance Externinator
      The Intolerance Externinator

      OMG Steve, yes, I found it:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEdlorDhRvM

      I lurve the way his packet is bursting out of his button-fly crutch and the way his muscles stretch his shirt as he moves about. (I find it impossible to take in a word about the weather!)

      And, of course, the wonderful AlvinMark has created a dedication to him on YouTube too:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9VJ2ubGhFg&feature=fvw

      Double yummy!

      Jan 27, 2010 at 1:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross

      @The Intolerance Externinator:

      Nice still shot for you here. Like a draught excluder, that’s all I’m saying! I remember that forecast well, I had to hurt myself afterwards…

      http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z77/demaine_d/Schaf/17977_395386155496_884875496_105725.jpg

      Some bonus footage for you..

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDAzrqD8mbo

      Jan 27, 2010 at 8:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The Grooming Guru
      The Grooming Guru

      Did an interview with Tomasz for my blog about his personal grooming routine. If you want to check it out here’s the link:
      http://groomingguru.co.uk/2010/01/26/exclusive-tomasz-schafernaker-interview/

      Jan 27, 2010 at 10:38 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross

      @The Grooming Guru:

      Oh wow, I shall definitely look at that!

      Jan 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross [Different person #1 using similar name]

      @ScotBloke: Is he as big ‘down there’, as he looks? I bet ‘it’ must be quite eyewatering, when on duty!

      Feb 2, 2010 at 1:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joe
      Joe

      I’m not sure what exactly is his accent, but it’s awfully annoying and most certainly not R.P.; at least he doesn’t sound like an Australian.

      Feb 11, 2010 at 2:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross [Different person #1 using similar name]

      @Joe:

      A south-eastern English accent I’d say– he went to school in Canterbury and later Portsmouth– uni in Reading.

      I’d say Darren Bett has the best accent, because he’s an East Midlander like me!

      Feb 11, 2010 at 11:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rich Trotman
      Rich Trotman

      “You guys are idiots! He’s not British, he’s Polish and works in the UK…”Tomasz”!?.”

      He may consider himself to be British, plenty of people born in foreign countries do, including my father, who was born in Argentina to an English Father and Latin American mother.

      As for the person who thinks that all British Guys seem “gay” to him, you need to get out more, or better still, come over here and travel about..there are some very beefy, very macho men over here, both gay and str8!

      ;O)

      As for Tomasz, well, he certainly brightens up many a weather report, particularly in summer and given that he’s posed for Attitude, doesn’t seem to have a problem with the fact that he’s got a lot of gay fans!

      Sign of the times, thank the lord!

      Rich.
      x

      May 16, 2010 at 8:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rob Moore
      Rob Moore

      @Zak in the ATL: I should have kept up with the posts on this topic. I am English by birth but was brought to the U.S. when I was just short of 1 year old. I was raised by my very Southern paternal grandparents in Georgia about 60 miles west of Atlanta from age 4; however, I maintained contact with my English mother, grandmother, uncle, aunt, cousins. I visit every few years.

      I have heard the bad teeth remark so many times from Americans, and it never jived with my experiences. Nana had the teeth of an old woman, but they were her teeth and other than two slightly crooked bottom teeth the same as mine she had no imperfections due to lack of care. My American grandparents had no teeth from their middle 40s. The only time either went to a dentist was to have their rotten teeth pulled. If not for an American uncle, I would not have seen a dentist. My mother has nearly perfect teeth. At my cousin’s wedding in Hampshire, I saw relatives I had never met before. All had perfectly nice teeth. My young cousins have teeth like models, straight and white. We come from working class stock and several of my relatives would be considered blue collar in the U.S. Of course, there are a few solicitors in the family.

      You talk about English people not having a sense of humour and I find that rather puzzling from an American. Americans will get rather upset if someone suggests the U.S. is wrong even if the evidence is overwhelming (Iraq 2003 to present) or god forbid, suggests that the U.S. is not the absolute best in the world. I live in the U.S. and like it, but healthcare is hit or miss and depends mostly on ability to pay or access and quality to health insurance. Public transportation is virtually nonexistent in most of America and don’t get me started on passenger trains. You apparently live in Atlanta so you know the criticisms of MARTA, but do you realize that the deterioration in service is mostly a self-fulfilling prophecy. The goons in the state legislature criticize the service then do things that ensure the deterioration continues.

      Jun 11, 2010 at 2:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robbie S
      Robbie S

      When did you do him then ??? Take he is a bottom guy?

      Love to do him too but doesnt he have a boyfriend??

      Jun 21, 2010 at 7:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robbie S
      Robbie S

      Hi Scot Bloke so when did you shag him then – was he any good?

      Must say would love to see his arse he is a real turn on for me too

      I also work at BBC from time to time but have unfortunately never seen him at TV centre – otherwise i would flirt outrageously!!

      Jun 21, 2010 at 12:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rich Trotman
      Rich Trotman

      “Americans will get rather upset if someone suggests the U.S. is wrong even if the evidence is overwhelming (Iraq 2003 to present) or god forbid, suggests that the U.S. is not the absolute best in the world.”

      Some Americans apparently don’t get it that their country is the biggest stake holders in a company that they seem to think is British, just because it has the name “British,” in it..

      What the heck, burn a few Union Jacks, hate the French and fill up on “freedom fries!” that is, if you can get up off the couch!

      ;O)

      That it appears that some Americans don’t get British/Canadian irony, isn’t our fault!

      As to the “gay” voice thing, I’ve no idea what that’s supposed to mean..he has a fairly soft voice, so do many str8 men I’ve met and many gay men I’ve met are entirely macho in ever respect.

      Oh, to live in a world where people aren’t obsessed with stereotypes.

      Rich.
      x

      Jun 21, 2010 at 1:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross [Different person #1 using similar name]

      @Rich Trotman:

      I think the “gay voice” thing is mainly a reference to a camp intonation, combined with soft timbre,nasal tone and sibilance– I’d say Tomasz has this. It can be commonly found in gay men, for whatever reason (affected or natural, one wonders?)

      This is a stereotype of course– but then again sterotypes don’t exist in a vacuum! However Rich you’re quite right to point out that not all gay men have this and many can sound guttural and ‘butch’.

      Equally men with such voices I’ve described in the paragraph at the top can be straight; as Ainlsey Harriet, Matthew Kelly and Lawrence Llewlyn Bowen demonstrate. I’d say it’s more of a camp voice; camp transcends all sexualities of course, but camp is predominately associated with gay men (rightly or wrongly).

      As for irony: I think Americans can appreciate it, but it’s not as readily used as it is in the UK (and presumably Canada?). In the USA life is serious, but not hopeless; in the UK is hopeless, but not serious!

      Jun 21, 2010 at 2:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross [Different person #1 using similar name]

      @Robbie S:

      I’d say TS is my ideal man. Not only does he have the looks, but an equally lovely personality.

      I have seen his arse, but only accompanied by tightly fitting jeans on Country Tracks– a nicely pert derriere as well. And judging by those jeans, and photos of him in lycra, he’s hung like a draught-excluder as well!

      My BBC spies tell me he has a boyfriend; a Spanish stallion, who is a tape-editor at White City. A bet they do a lot of splicing together :-D

      Jun 21, 2010 at 2:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rich Trotman
      Rich Trotman

      “It can be commonly found in gay men, for whatever reason (affected or natural, one wonders?)”

      I’d say a bit of both, going by experience, but I also think it depends on where you’ve met the majority of your gay examples.
      On the gay scene, certainly during the 70s/80s it was all part of the “fashion,” and the only visible gay men in the media were camp.

      Slowly, that’s starting to change. A surprising number of men are coming out, in public life, or being “outed,” in one way or another, who don’t comform to our traditional expectatiosn as to what gay men are about.

      However, I believe that if you move out into the wider world we’d be very surprised as to just how many gay men don’t fit that stereotype and the reason we don’t know they’re there, or exist, is precisely because they’re just quietly getting on with their lives and don’t fit the stereotype in the least.

      That’s been my experience, anyhow.

      “In the USA life is serious, but not hopeless; in the UK is hopeless, but not serious!”

      You may have a very good point there!

      :O)

      Rich.
      x

      Jun 21, 2010 at 2:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The Intolerance Exterminator
      The Intolerance Exterminator

      Steve Shawcross writes: “Equally men with such voices I’ve described in the paragraph at the top can be straight; as Ainlsey Harriet, Matthew Kelly and Lawrence Llewlyn Bowen demonstrate.”

      I think context plays a role too. I had a boss who was British and black and straight. He went to New York to work for a while and suffered quite a lot of homophobic abuse there because “any black guy with an English accent must be a fag!” people said. He was quite empathetic towards me after that experience.

      Is Tomasz on holiday? I keep missing him and I’m getting withdrawal symptoms.

      Jun 21, 2010 at 10:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rich Trotman
      Rich Trotman

      I think he was on last weekend, but then I’ve only ever noticed him on for limited periods, unless I’m missing something.

      Would be nice to see him as a regular on daytime, main BBC..particularly @ this time of year when he wears those tight, short sleeved shirts!

      Rich.
      x

      Jun 22, 2010 at 2:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robbie S
      Robbie S

      @Steve Shawcross:

      Bet they do – if he was mine i would be up him or insist on him riding me 24/7 (weather permitting!!)

      Looks like he is a good kisser too – nice lips

      Oh well – pity i am in drama -not his area – though surprised i not seen him at any parties – though i expect he is very faithful to his lover

      Oh well one can dream

      Jun 22, 2010 at 8:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross [Different person #1 using similar name]

      @Rich Trotman:

      When’s on duty, he’s typically on the late morning/early afternoon shift– which why he often does Country Tracks and BBC News At One during the weekdays (or 12:10 on Sat). Plus the News Channel at that of day. He was on today in fact!

      They only wear smart-casuals for BBC Breakfast, CT and Countryfile though.

      You maybe interested in this blog that’s been running since Sep last year, got all his broadcasts from there, plus some notable archive ones!

      http://the-schaf.blogspot.com

      Tomasz does give you advanced warning of when he’s on, at his website…

      http://www.tomaszschafernaker.com

      Jun 22, 2010 at 3:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross [Different person #1 using similar name]

      @Robbie S:

      He went to the London Media Gays party in November (organised by BBC Pride I believe?). He’s also a regular at Attitudes parties now as well! I also told by my spies that his Halowe’en parties are legendary.

      I suspect his faithful to his lover as well.. he left Outeverywhere and Gaydar as soon as he got a boyfriend a few years ago. He seems very close to Liam Dutton though– a menage a trois possibly [haha] (I’d laugh if that were true)!

      Alas Tomasz is waaaaaaay out my league, and they’d be a very long queue if he were single!

      Jun 22, 2010 at 3:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross [Different person #1 using similar name]

      @Rich Trotman:

      I would fully agree with what you wrote there Rich :)

      I think the reason gay men in the media speak with that voice is because they are predominantly camp gay men in the media, and that’s because the media lends itself to camp?

      I certainly think Tomasz’s campness complements his endearing and fun personality. Would Paul O’Grady be as entertaining on the airwaves without his campness? Would Gok Wan fashion show work if he was all macho? Same for some straights in the media too– would Ready Steady Cook have the same appeal if Ainsley was as butch as fitter’s dog?

      However nothing wrong with being butch, far from it. Then again I would’t judge people on such criteria; I’m more interested in their personality overall. Butch vs campness does really relate to whether someone is kind or has a good sense of humour– as aggressive knuckle-heads and bitchy queens demonstrate.

      However as more and more gay men come out, then people are realising that there are as many types of gay men as there are gay men beyond the clones– this why I reject the whole patronising collectivist notions of “the gay community” and “the gay lifestyle”.

      It is also why I eschew the gay scene, and my contact with gay men is therefore varied– and I fully concur with your experiences Rich. Most of the gay men I know are not sterotypical clones, but just men who happened to be gay.

      Jun 22, 2010 at 4:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The Intolerance Exterminator
      The Intolerance Exterminator

      Then, of course, there is the lisp. Not quite the same vocal characteristics, I know, but whenever Jonathon Ross spoke (in his much younger days) I assumed he just must be gay; and I think the lisp had a lot to do with it.

      Another Countryfile television character with a less than macho voice is BBC Two’s resident ethnobotanist, James Wong, also on Grow Your Own Drugs. I have to watch all his programmes twice; I can never take on board what he is saying because I am too busy lusting after him (bit like how I feel about Tomasz).

      Jun 22, 2010 at 8:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robbie S
      Robbie S

      @Steve Shawcross:

      Yes Steve he IS in a league of his own on the “Phworr” stakes
      but as I said – one can dream!!!

      If he ever came on the market though I guess I would have to employ a lot of sneaky “queue jumping” techniques to get myself to the front – and noticed.

      Wonder if he reads all this stuff about himself ???

      Still got a sexy “bummmable” arse though!!!

      Jun 23, 2010 at 3:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross [Different person #1 using similar name]

      @The Intolerance Exterminator:

      Yeah the lisp is a tricky one, because it’s not something people can really have control over, as opposed to camp intonation? Wossy is a understanable assumption, giving his foppish style too… I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s dabbled!

      I can see the appeal of Mr Wong, although not my type. Chris Beardshaw wins the green-fingered vote for me, whatever happened to him?

      As for Tomasz, on a plateau of his own [sigh]

      Jun 23, 2010 at 3:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross [Different person #1 using similar name]

      @Robbie S:

      You can say that again, about his arse.

      I think if The Schaf did come back onto the market, he’d be swarmed on Out or Gdr, no shortage of suitors there :-D

      I know he reads that fan blog often– plus he regularly chats with people on his Fbk group.

      Jun 23, 2010 at 3:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robbie S
      Robbie S

      @Steve Shawcross:

      On his what group??? Sorry am i being thick here????

      Oh to have him sit on my face!!!!!

      Sorry I should be more professional!!!

      He does bring out the sleazy side in one though doesnt he – and working in film and tv I have seen a lot!!!!

      Jun 23, 2010 at 7:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robbie S
      Robbie S

      @Steve Shawcross:

      Oh just realised – facebook – bet he has a lot of “friends”!!!!

      No i dont bother with that – guess I will have to hope I meet him at some Celeb party at some point

      Jun 23, 2010 at 7:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross [Different person #1 using similar name]

      @Robbie S:

      Yeah sorry Robbie, I did mean Facebook. Has well over 2,000 fans… before he set up that public profile, there were several unofficical groups too!

      All seems to have taken off for him… he did have a cult following for a while (hence those old Fbk groups), then a bloke called Terratec started uploading vids of him on Youtube in 2008, after the success of the Frozen Ball incident and his Country Tracks (formerly Countryfile) performances

      That led to the creation of his fanblog in September 2009. Perhaps that engendered Attitude to approach him for *that” shoot, which led to him getting an agent, who recommended he set up the Fbk page, his own website and blog. All of which he benevilently used to raise money for charity (London-Paris bikeride in July)

      All this culminated in his winning the TRIC award this year– rightly so! I’m told his fanblog gets ~150 visitors a day!

      Jun 24, 2010 at 2:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross [Different person #1 using similar name]

      @Robbie S:

      PS:

      I think Tomasz is not averse to some smut himself. He barely suppressed a snigger yesterday, when mentioning “it will be a hot and sticky night for some”.

      Or his (sadly rare) conversations with Janice Long on Radio 2, where the occasional innuendo will ‘accidentally’ slip out. Then of course there’s the legendary Frozen Ball incident.

      We can’t be blamed for thinking sleazy thoughts, when he poses half-naked for a magazine; or he wears revealing tight t-shirts and taut jeans for Country Tracks. Or posts pics of himself in lycra on the net.

      Not only has he got a buff body, angelic face– but he’s hung like a draught-excluder too. All matched by a lovely personality and amazing talent/intelligence [sigh]

      You’ll have to bag yourself a ticket to London Media Gays this November [thumbs up]

      As for seeing things in television/film: Roger Mellie was a comic exageration of the excesses of the industry– but now Viz writers and trying to keep pace with them! I blame Frank Bough.

      Jun 24, 2010 at 2:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robbie S
      Robbie S

      @Steve Shawcross:

      “Hot and Sticky”” You can say that again!!!

      Oh well I will have to ask about see who can bag me to an invite to anything he may be attending – killer looks, strike a pose and hope to catch his eye

      Take care mate
      We will have to form the Thomasz Schafenacker Sleaze Socirty!!!

      Jun 24, 2010 at 6:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross [Different person #1 using similar name]

      BBC Pride runs the London Media Gay Party, well it did last time anyway.

      If you check out the video for Attitude’s 16th Anniversary bash, brief clip of Tomasz dancing– so sexy!

      As for the sleaze group, this is very sleazy!

      http://the-schaf.blogspot.com

      Jun 24, 2010 at 6:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robbie S
      Robbie S

      Maybe we can ask the man himself – TS to join up!!!!

      Must be awful for him to be the object of so many people’s affections!!!

      But then he does have the Mary Poppins Factor – “Practically Perfect in Every Way!!!”

      Jun 25, 2010 at 4:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross [Different person #1 using similar name]

      @Robbie S:

      Practically perfect… he *is* perfect in everyway! To me he is, anyway [chuckle]

      I’m told that The Schaf does visit his fanpage; indeed he has left anonymous notes, which are clearly by him. ‘Roger Mellie’ tells me that Tomasz is “very flattered” by that blog.

      Yeah, as you say must be very difficult for him! Thankfully he can laugh at himself, and doesn’t have an ego.

      Jun 25, 2010 at 2:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robbie S
      Robbie S

      Maybe I should leave a message on his fanpage – Strange after working in TV and film with many big stars whom i find are just so ordinary – to be so besotted by someone (but not in a Glenn Close – bunny boiler kind of way – I might add!) its very strange – but then in matters of the heart (not to mention a “stiff ” John Thomasz”!!!) who knows what beasts are unleashed!!!!

      Jun 25, 2010 at 9:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross [Different person #1 using similar name]

      @Robbie S:

      I can empathise fully with you Robbie. The thing is, it’s Tomasz! There are attractive men, then there’s The Schaf. Just in the same way you beautiful gorges/valleys– then you have the Grand Canyon. Or you have wonderful portraits, then you have the Mona Lisa.

      I would turn down being spit-roasted by Martin Laursen and Chris Jarvis (actor ex The Bill and Mamma Mia film), for a chance just to even meet Tomasz.

      He’s the perfect package: Perfect looks, physique, brains and personality– and his other package! Plus he’s a homosexualist too. Does it get any better? I suppose he’s the gay equivelant of R-Pattz for many men.

      I’m sure Roger Mellie (man of the telly, with an assistant called Tom [haha]) would love a message on that blog. It has been alluded to on BBC News a couple of times, so Tomasz and his friends obviously do read it!

      Jun 26, 2010 at 1:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robbie S
      Robbie S

      @Steve Shawcross:

      Chris Jarvis the Ceebee’s presenter? He is gay!

      I have worked on The Bill – several years ago so must have befor he was on that – guess its a different Chris Jarvis though knowing what Equity is like surprised they are allowed to use the same professional name.

      Re TS fanpage – not sure if there is any point leaving message for as we said before he is in a relationship, doesnt play around (good for him!) and not available for even the smallest flirt – and its not the same not in person 121 anyway. I supposed he will just have to be added to the list of fantasy fucks that never were!!!!

      Jun 27, 2010 at 9:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross [Different person #1 using similar name]

      @Robbie S:

      Shame you weren’t on Outeverywhere or Gaydar in 2004, he was up for such acitivities then! One bloke on Fbk told me he went on a date with Tomasz in Soho back then… “he’s very sexy”… no shit Sherlock!

      I know which Chris Jarvis you mean, but not that one… the other Chris Jarvis played PC Dan Casper on The Bill and had a bit-role as Eddy in Mamma Mia the film. Sadly this one is a hetter! As is the divine Dane Martin Laursen.

      http://www.thechrisjarvis.com/page/page/5058969.htm

      I doubt Tomasz has the time to play around, if he were the open-r’ship type… although he seems very chummy with his colleague and confirmed bachelor Liam Dutton, perhaps they are good friends… or perhaps T’s bit on the side ;-)

      Anyway have heart, you’re far more likely to come across him (either metaphorically or literally) since you work in the same place, hope you do meet him one day.

      Unlikely to happen to me, I’d be gibbering nervous wreck if I met him!

      Jun 27, 2010 at 11:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robbie S
      Robbie S

      @Steve Shawcross:

      What activities – do tell!!!

      Well i could write a book on what i have seen and heard – though would never work again!!! So wont – not on here anyway!

      You would be surprised!!!

      Well hopefully will meet Toz one day! Wont be tongue tied though – all actors (and i have worked with some biggies!) are just ordinary people who piss, shit and fart!!

      Jun 27, 2010 at 11:39 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross [Different person #1 using similar name]

      By “such activities”, I meant the playing around and flirting you mentioned earlier– he had a “nice shirtless” picture on Gaydar. Lost a lot of weight since then as well, so he’s always been gorgeous. One for Yahoo messenger and dates in Soho from what I gather!

      Most my celeb encounters (non-sexual!) have been bizarre, but that’s another story. I’m told that the BBC is crammed full of gay men– is this hyperbole– or really true?

      Such actors maybe ordinary, but I suspect that Tomasz is actually a demi-God– he’s just too perfect [sigh]. I’d have no chance!

      Jun 27, 2010 at 11:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robbie S
      Robbie S

      @Steve Shawcross: @Steve Shawcross:
      Yes it is – crammed full – a lot married or with partners too!

      Wish i had known Toz then – would love to have “played” around with him – well still would ! Join the queue!!!

      Jun 27, 2010 at 12:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robbie S
      Robbie S

      @Steve Shawcross: Done it ! Left him a message! God knows what will happen probably nothing!!!

      Jun 27, 2010 at 2:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross [Different person #1 using similar name]

      @Robbie S:

      Sounds like the BBC is hotbed of decadence… well spaghetti is straight until you boil it. Could Alex Deakin be persuaded though [haha]

      Tomasz was “quite a chubby fella” in those days, according to the charitable folks who use such sites. That wouldn’t have stopped me! Unlike them, I (and I’m sure you) love his personality equally if not more, than his now buff body.

      If he were single, I’d be at the back of a very long queue. It would be like Beauty & Beast, Tomasz and I.

      What message did you leave, dare I ask [haha]. Maybe you could cop off with Liam Dutton instead.

      Jun 27, 2010 at 3:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robbie S
      Robbie S

      @Steve Shawcross: No i dont just cop off with just anyone – very choosy!! Prefer an on-going thing whether (or weather in TS case!) casual or more full on!

      Just a message of intro – boring but professional

      Jun 27, 2010 at 5:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross [Different person #1 using similar name]

      @Robbie S: Well Tomasz isn’t just anyone of course… he’s amazing! Utterly stunning.

      Well good luck with him… I think I’d have more chance of getting a wank off the Pope!

      Jun 28, 2010 at 10:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fitsgeral82
      Fitsgeral82

      Tomasz is of Polish origin but is a British citizen having lived here since the age of 5!! As for the British, they are among the most intelligent, funny and attractive people on earth. Its thanks to them America exists in the way it does! The foundations of American society are based on those which fundamentally underpin Todays British society! People forget that America was a former British colony which British pilgrims helped to founder for nearly 100 years! With names like New England, New York, Boston, Washington and Birmingham not to mention the language!! Hello!!!! Even the judicial, education and fundamentals of American society are based on Britains!!! Shame then that most Americans are shallow, dumb, ill travelled and fat!! I couldnt wait to get home after living there for a year, and i saw plent of Americans with terrible teeth and dire health, what do you expect from a country which has no public health service?! Hypocrites!!

      Jul 31, 2010 at 2:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tomasz
      tomasz

      he is polsih. he went ot a polish schoold in poland. as far as a know he moved to uk when he was about 14yrs old. so it makes him a first generation immigrant.

      Aug 18, 2010 at 10:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross [Different person #1 using similar name]

      @tomasz:

      I think he went to primary school in Kent for a while, I suspect he’s moved back and forth throughout his childhood?

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomasz_Schafernaker#Early_life_and_career

      Aug 18, 2010 at 1:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • That Bitch Téa Delgado
      That Bitch Téa Delgado

      Watch poor Tom’s queeny response when he realizes he’s shot the anchor a bird on-camera:

      Sep 2, 2010 at 7:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TheLondoner
      TheLondoner

      Does Tomasz have a bf now? I saw him in Soho a few weeks ago with a VERY sexy guy who I am pretty sure has been on satellite TV. And if I can say (with Tomasz’s fans wanting to shoot me!!!), the apparent bf is the type who would attract absolutely ANYONE so why would he settle for Tomasz?!!!

      Oct 24, 2010 at 8:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross [Different person #1 using similar name]

      @TheLondoner:

      A reliable source who works at the BBC, tells me he’s newly single, having “recently split up with his long-term boyfriend”. Orderly queue time…

      Yes, he’s a regular down Rupert Street, from what I understand.They’ll be a scurm for him now down there!

      Oct 25, 2010 at 1:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TheLondoner
      TheLondoner

      I now know who his date was. A dark haired tanned stallion – and a reporter was seen to be outside his new pad who found him in blue overalls. Mr Stallion was not impressed! I also know the “date” has connections with one of the royal families in the middle east. Where do these guys come from!!!!! Find me a prince!!!!!

      Oct 26, 2010 at 9:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross [Different person #1 using similar name]

      @TheLondoner: That would explain his recent Saudi Arabia holiday. Gone drilling for something oily.

      Where do these guys come from? This is Tomasz we’re talking about, need I say more!

      Oct 26, 2010 at 1:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BirminghamUK
      BirminghamUK

      There was an interview in the Radio Times some time this year where John Barrowman mentioned he had met Tomasz for lunch.

      What a lovely couple! :-)

      Nov 10, 2010 at 4:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross

      @BirminghamUK:
      It was for Tonight’s The Night.

      “The last person I wanted to meet was Tomasz Schafernaker, because he seems like a really fun guy. So we went out for Sunday lunch together”. Tomasz and John made a hard-of-hearing girl’s dream come true, of presenting on the News Channel.

      Nov 10, 2010 at 7:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Shawcross
      Steve Shawcross

      @terrwill:

      Some of them are gay. However Matt Taylor, Chris Fawkes, Darren Bett and Alex Deakin are all married with kids… as for regional ones, there are plenty of straight ones too (Jon Mitchell on ITV’s Yorkshire Calendar for instance)! Even Paul Hudson for BBC Look North, although you wouldn’t think so…

      Jul 17, 2011 at 11:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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